The Internet Retail Conference + Exhibition starts in 3 weeks.
PriceWaiter will be there. And to help you get inspired and organized for the world’s greatest e-commerce conference, we’ve created our own list of 17 ‘can’t miss’ sessions to help create your agenda on June 5 – June 8, 2018.
What is the Internet Retail Conference + Exhibition?
The IRCE is the premier conference for e-commerce leaders. Taking place in Chicago, Illinois, the conference plays host to 130 speakers, 600+ exhibitors, and 4 action-packed days of insights and sessions featuring the leading minds and vendors in e-commerce.
The conference’s massive agenda can be daunting. To help first-time attendees and veterans get a lay of the land, we’re leaning on our 4 years of experience speaking, attending and exhibiting at the event.
Ready to plan your agenda for IRCE 2018? Good. Because we’re breaking down the top sessions to attend during each of the 17 tracks at IRCE 2018.
The Top 17 Sessions at IRCE 2018
We are breaking down the top sessions by date and time. The sessions are organized by track and broken down as follows:
- Top General Session Track
- Top Amazon & Me Workshop
- Top E-Commerce Technology Workshop
- Top New Recruit Bootcamp
- Top Strategies for Top Executives Track
- Top Fulfillment, Operations & Customer Service Track
- Top Marketing: Proven Winners Track
- Top Fashion: Try It On! Track
- Top OmniChannel Leadership Track
- Top Managing Technology Track
- Top Merchandising Track
- Top Brand Building Track
- Top Marketing: New Tactics Track
- Top Marketplaces Track
- Top Search Workshop
- Top Design & Usability Workshop
- Top B2B Workshop
Enjoy the writeups below – and don’t forget to check out PriceWaiter’s brand new Chrome plug-in for shoppers – PriceWaiter Market. Our free extension gives consumers the power to name their own prices, negotiate directly with vendors, and own their online shopping experience on major retail websites like Amazon.com.
General Session Track: Seth Godin.
Presentation: You Have the Microphone: Make a Ruckus!
Location: Skyline Ballroom. Wed, June 6th: 9am-9:30am.
Why Attend: Because Seth Godin is the G.O.A.T. of online marketing (apologies to Gary Vaynerchuk). This session promises to fire you up more than any of the other general sessions – register now and guarantee that you’ll spend the rest of the week feeling like you can run through walls.
Amazon & Me Workshop: Jeff Cohen & Peter Marlenga
Presentation: How to Get Your First 50 Reviews
Location: Skyline Ballroom D. Tue, June 05, 2018: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.
Why Attend: Because your brand in 2018 is no longer something you own. It’s what your customers say about you – starting with reviews. Lock in this session and let Seller Labs and Tech Armor’s Jeff Cohen and Peter Marlenga dazzle you with insights on strategies for getting those all-important first 50 Amazon reviews.
E-Commerce Technology Workshop: Sahal Laher
Presentation: How to Configure the OmniChannel Tech Stack
Location: Skyline Ballroom E. Tue, June 05, 2018: 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM.
Why Attend: Because figuring out the right technology stack for your online presence is pivotal to maximizing revenue in 2018. DXL Group CIO Sahal Laher has the background and bona fides on how to do it right – cozy up to this session with an open mind and budget for optimizing your website in 2018
New Recruit Bootcamp: Byron Holderman & Ryan DeWard
Presentation: How I Hit 150% Growth – One Year At a Time
Location: 184 ABC, First Floor. Tue, June 05, 2018: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM.
Why Attend: Nothing beats an internal case study and success story. Get the full inside story from the President and e-Commerce Manager of Unique Truck Equipment – an old-school industry member thriving in the online world of e-Commerce – and leave this session with takeaways on how to optimize your online brand, regardless of industry.
Strategies for Top Executives Track: Don Davis
Presentation: Break Point: The Reality of US E-Commerce Today
Location: Skyline Ballroom C. Wed, June 06, 2018: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Why Attend: The Editor of Internet Retailer is in a unique position to give you the objective 1000-foot overview of the eCommerce world. The good, the bad, and the ugly are all things you need to hear while attending IRCE 2018. This session promises to disseminate all 3 in 30 short-yet-critical minutes.
Fulfillment, Operations & Customer Service Track: Derek O’Carroll & Scott Palmer
Presentation: How to Stay on Top of Operations when Selling Everywhere
Location: Skyline Ballroom A. Wednesday, June 06, 2018: 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Why Attend: The CEOs of BrightPearl and SpikeBall know a thing or two about doing brisk online business and scaling to meet the demand of consumers from a fulfillment, operations, and customer service standpoint. Hear their best practices and apply them to your business.
Marketing: Proven Winners Track: Danny Gavin & Eric Soelberg
Location: Skyline Ballroom E. Wednesday, June 06, 2018: 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Why Attend: For the love of all things holy, child, do not leave IRCE 2018 without a bulletproof understanding of how to leverage digital analytics to improve your business. Our friends Danny Gavin and Eric Soelberg are the brains behind Brian Gavin Diamonds and L.L. Bean online retailing – let them show you the ropes.
Top Fashion: Try It On! Track: Amy Vener
Location: Skyline Ballroom B. Wednesday, June 06, 2018: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.
Why Attend: The Vertical Retail Lead at Pinterest, Amy Vener, is a bona fide heavyweight of the digital marketing world. Come to this session ready for premium insights applicable to any online retailer – fashion or otherwise.
OmniChannel Leadership Track: Erin Jordan
Location: Skyline Ballroom D. Wednesday, June 06, 2018: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.
Why Attend: Because your online business must adapt to buyer trends and behavior to fully optimize revenue in 2018. Shoppers are more dynamic and fickle than ever before – Erin’s session to promises important insights on how to understand and respond to their behavior.
Managing Technology Track: Edward Wong & Roe McFarlane
Presentation: Counter the Amazon Effect By Mastering Execution.
Location: Skyline Ballroom D. Thu, June 07, 2018: 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM.
Why Attend: Two of the brightest minds in the industry discuss the Elephant in the Room – how modern online businesses can counter the monolith that is Amazon in 2018.
Merchandising Track: Felipe Araujo & Graham Cooke
Presentation: The Site Tweaks that Drive Sales.
Location: Skyline Ballroom A. Thu, June 07, 2018: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.
Why Attend: Because your website is now the storefront of your business – and should be treated with the same eye for detail as such. Co-presenters Felipe Araujo and Graham Cooke promise to deliver a lively session that can help even the least tech-savvy among us make website decisions that benefit the bottom-line.
Brand Building Track: Sam Sisakhti & Taylor Offer
Location: Skyline Ballroom C. Thu, June 07, 2018: 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM.
Why Attend: Because building an amazing brand online requires neither rocket science no gobs of cash. The CEOs of US Trendy and FEAT Socks promise to deliver the goods with firsthand stories from their own companies – relax and take notes to keep customer acquisition cost down and overall revenue numbers up in 2018.
Marketing: New Tactics Track: Dan Greenbergh & Michael Fields
Presentation: Go Native: Maximize the Potential of a Consumer-Generated Content Landslide
Location: Skyline Ballroom E. Thursday, June 07, 2018: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.
Why Attend: Because your customers are your best (and cheapest) advocates and content marketers. This session offers insights from the brilliant minds behind Columbia’s online brand and massive bang-for-your-buck – 30 minutes that can save you countless hours and dollars in generating content to grow your business.
Marketplaces Track: Fareeha Ali
Presentation: Marketplaces in 2018 and What’s Coming in 2019
Location: Skyline Ballroom B. Thursday, June 07, 2018: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.
Why Attend: Because of the reasons enumerated in our recommendation to check out Don Davis’s session. As much as you need the good, bad, and ugly of e-commerce, you also need the present and future of the industry. Fareeha Ali’s session promises just that – book your spot.
Search Workshop: Zak Stambor
Presentation: The State of e-Commerce Search
Location: 184 ABC. Friday, June 08, 2018: 8:00 AM – 8:15 AM.
Why Attend: Because there is zero excuse not to be optimizing your online business for search engines in 2018. Boundless opportunities alight for the online business owners savvy enough to start investing in SEO for their business now instead of later.
Design & Usability Workshop: Kurtis Morrison & Rasmus Horn
Location: 185 ABC. Fri, June 08, 2018: 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM.
Why Attend: Because Kurtis Morrison and Rasmus Horn optimized Lego’s website for e-commerce and are kind enough to share their insights with you. Unless you are a graphic design expert behind one of the world’s leading brands, you stand to learn 100% new insights from this session.
B2B Workshop: Justin King & Sean McDowell
Presentation: Trends and Dialog: What’s Ahead for eCommerce
Location: 183 A. Fri, June 08, 2018: 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM.
Why Attend: Because this session features one of the best eCommerce consultants on the internet, Justin King, and invites questions from the audience. Come prepared to hit Justin and Sean with your most critical queries from the week – you’ll be getting answers from two of the industry’s brightest minds.
Meet PriceWaiter at IRCE 2018
The PriceWaiter Team will be in the house at IRCE 2018. Stop by Booth 328 for free bacon and a personal introduction to our brand-new PriceWaiter Market Chrome plug-in courtesy of company co-founders Andrew Scarbrough and Stephen Culp.
Come see us in Chicago. Download the free Google Chrome extension for PriceWaiter Market here. And schedule a time to see us in Chicago and learn how PriceWaiter can help your online business.
See you in Chicago!